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An Examination Of How Middle School Principals Make Sense Of Their Role In Leading Standards Based Educational Reform, Barbara J. Maling Apr 2019

An Examination Of How Middle School Principals Make Sense Of Their Role In Leading Standards Based Educational Reform, Barbara J. Maling

Muskie School Dissertations

A dominant feature of the educational policy landscape has been the adoption and use of learning standards to design classroom instruction. As these efforts move forward, often without clear definition of the classroom practices that should be adopted, the role of the school principal is critical in interpreting the changes, and charting a course for the teachers in the building. This qualitative study, examines the sensemaking of four active middle school principals as they interpreted and led standards-based reform efforts in their buildings, using a novel theoretical framework based on prior research (Benford & Snow, 2000; Spillane, Reiser, & Reimer, 2002). In addition, the study sought to illuminate how the forces of the principal's belief in the value of the standards-based education and their accountability to the district and state to create change affected their leadership practice in the school.

Key findings demonstrated that the variation in language related to standardsbased practices posed challenges for principals, and that principals made robust efforts to mediate the collective sensemaking of the practitioners in their buildings, as well the individual teacher sensemaking of the new practices. In the study principals hewed to the unique context of their school when determining what elements of standards-based practices to adopt. Other findings support the idea that a principal' s belief in the reform efforts is a substantially stronger influence on their leadership priorities than a sense of accountability.

This indicates that reform efforts should focus on careful consideration of the language used to describe the practices; they should account for resources ...


Educational Leadership Newsletter April 2019, Educational Leadership Program, University Of Southern Maine Apr 2019

Educational Leadership Newsletter April 2019, Educational Leadership Program, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • Letter from the Chair
  • Hail and Farewell to Dr. Jody Capelluti
  • Southern Maine Partnership Update
  • Leadership Symposium Session Descriptions
  • Thinking About Internship in 2019-2020?
  • 4th Annual Assessment for Learning & Leading Conference 2019: Brain-Based Strategies to Cultivate Positive Learning Environments
  • Summer 2019 Schedule
  • Fall 2019 Schedule


Educational Leadership Newsletter March 2019, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine Mar 2019

Educational Leadership Newsletter March 2019, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • Letter from the Chair
  • Southern Maine Partnership Update
  • New Graduate Certificate Program in Food Studies!
  • Pender Makin Now Commissioner of Education
  • Thinking About Internship in 2019-2020?
  • 4th Annual Assessment for Learning & Leading Conference 2019
  • Summer 2019 Schedule
  • Fall 2019 Schedule


Educational Leadership Newsletter December 2018, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine Dec 2018

Educational Leadership Newsletter December 2018, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • Letter from the Chair
  • Southern Maine Partnership Update
  • Assessment for Learning and Leading Conference
  • Update on the Professional Educator Master's Degree
  • Thinking About Internship in 2019-2020?
  • Spring 2019 Schedule


Educational Leadership Newsletter November 2018, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine Nov 2018

Educational Leadership Newsletter November 2018, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • Letter from the Chair
  • Southern Maine Partnership Update
  • Use of Technology, Including Social Media Annual Survey
  • Thinking About Internship in 2019-2020?
  • Spring 2019 Schedule


Educational Leadership Newsletter October 2018, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine Oct 2018

Educational Leadership Newsletter October 2018, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • Letter from the Chair
  • USM opens 2018-2019 with High Energy and Positive News
  • SEHD Student Recognition Ceremony
  • "The Story Behind the Data" - A Presentation at the Visible Learning Conference, July 2018
  • Southern Maine Partnership 2018-2019 Professional Development Schedule
  • Congratulations and Welcome to the 3rd P.hD. in Public Policy and Educational Leadership Cohort
  • Spring 2019 Schedule


Research Innovation And Institutional Growth: Digital Humanities, Usm, And The University Of Maine System, Janet M. Billson, Katherine Bessey Sep 2018

Research Innovation And Institutional Growth: Digital Humanities, Usm, And The University Of Maine System, Janet M. Billson, Katherine Bessey

Research Innovation and Institutional Growth

No abstract provided.


Educational Leadership Newsletter September 2017, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine Sep 2018

Educational Leadership Newsletter September 2017, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • From the Chair
  • Southern Maine Partnership Events 2017-2018
  • Spring 2018 Schedule


Lorraine Grace Libby Bowdoin Interview, Susie R. Bock Jun 2018

Lorraine Grace Libby Bowdoin Interview, Susie R. Bock

Lorraine Grace Libby Bowdoin Papers

Lorraine Grace Libby Bowdoin, Gorham State Teacher's College '59. A Portland native, she attended King Middle School and Portland High School. Mrs. Bowdoin taught for several school districts during her long teaching career and advocated tirelessly for mental health and elder issues.

Lorraine Grace Libby Bowdoin's physical papers are expansive and cover her entire life and career, including items from her attendance at Camp Laughing Loon as a child and young teen, her school assignments from elementary through graduate school, photos of her family and friends, items from her run as a Maine house representative, and several meticulously ...


Educational Leadership Newsletter April 2018, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine Apr 2018

Educational Leadership Newsletter April 2018, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • Musings from the Chair
  • Southern Maine Partnership Update
  • Race and Difference Dine and Discuss Symposium
  • Casco Bay Math Circles
  • Congratulations to the SMP Members Who Received National Board Certification
  • Leadership Symposium
  • Assessment Literacy Conference 2018
  • What Your Office Tells Others About You
  • Summer 2018 Schedule


2018 Research & Scholarship Schedule, University Of Southern Maine Mar 2018

2018 Research & Scholarship Schedule, University Of Southern Maine

1st Annual USM Research & Scholarship Symposium

Symposium schedule and workshop descriptions.


Educational Leadership Newsletter February 2018, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine Feb 2018

Educational Leadership Newsletter February 2018, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • Musings from the Chair
  • Southern Maine Partnership Update
  • Spotlight on Publications: The Gallery Walk
  • Assessment Literacy Conference 2018
  • Summer 2018 Schedule


Educational Leadership Newsletter December 2017, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine Dec 2017

Educational Leadership Newsletter December 2017, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • Musings from the Chair
  • Southern Maine Partnership Update
  • Spring 2018 Upcoming Events
  • Thinking About Internship in 2018-2018?
  • Spring 2018 Schedule


Educational Leadership Program November 2017, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine Nov 2017

Educational Leadership Program November 2017, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • Musings from the Chair
  • Southern Maine Partnership Update
  • Thinking About Internship in 2018-2019?
  • Spring 2018 Schedule


Educational Leadership Newsletter October 2017, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine Oct 2017

Educational Leadership Newsletter October 2017, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • Musings from the Chair
  • Southern Maine Partnership Update
  • Thinking About Internship in 2018-2019?
  • Educational Leadership Recent Publications
  • Spring 2018 Schedule


Educational Leadership Newsletter June 2017, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine Jun 2017

Educational Leadership Newsletter June 2017, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • From the Chair
  • Southern Maine Partnership Update
  • Social Media or Social Life?
  • Fall 2017 Schedule


Graduation Policies In A Public High School (A Case Study), Erika K. Stump, Erin Connor, Catherine Fallona, Bernadette Doykos Apr 2017

Graduation Policies In A Public High School (A Case Study), Erika K. Stump, Erin Connor, Catherine Fallona, Bernadette Doykos

State of Education

This report shares research conducted in a case study of one higher performing high school to examine the practices, challenges and facilitators of implementing a standards-based curriculum and proficiency-based diploma systems.


Educational Leadership Newsletter April 2017, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine Apr 2017

Educational Leadership Newsletter April 2017, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • From the Chair
  • 50th Anniversary of the Educational Leadership Program
  • Southern Maine Partnership Update
  • Fall 2017 Schedule
  • Maine's Public Schools: Worth the Investment - a White Paper sponsored by the Maine School Management Association written by Andrew R. Dolloff PhD


Educational Leadership Newsletter February 2017, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine Feb 2017

Educational Leadership Newsletter February 2017, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • From the Chair
  • 50th Anniversary of the Educational Leadership Program
  • Assessment for Learning and Leading + Data Literacy with Purpose Conference
  • Southern Maine Partnership Update
  • Thinking About Internship?
  • Summer 2017 Schedule


Educational Leadership Newsletter December 2016, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine Dec 2016

Educational Leadership Newsletter December 2016, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • From the Chair
  • 50th Anniversary of Educational Leadership Program
  • Southern Maine Partnership Update
  • Thinking About Internship?
  • Spring 2017 Schedule


Educational Leadership Newsletter November 2016, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine Nov 2016

Educational Leadership Newsletter November 2016, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • From the Chair
  • Southern Maine Partnership Update
  • Graduate Student Professional Development Fund Grant
  • Research Corner
  • Thinking About Internship?
  • Spring 2017 Schedule


Educational Leadership Newsletter October 2016, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine Oct 2016

Educational Leadership Newsletter October 2016, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • From the Chair
  • Southern Maine Partnership Update
  • Research Corner
  • Spring 2017 Schedule


Educational Leadership Newsletter June 2016, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine Jun 2016

Educational Leadership Newsletter June 2016, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • From the Chair
  • First Cohort of Educational Leadership PhDs Graduate
  • Southern Maine Partnership Update
  • Leadership Projects
  • Congratulations 2016 Graduates!
  • Fall 2016 Schedule


Educational Leadership Newsletter May 2016, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine May 2016

Educational Leadership Newsletter May 2016, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • From the Chair
  • Southern Maine Partnership Update: Upcoming Assessment for Learning Conference
  • Summer 2016 Schedule
  • Fall 2016 Schedule


An Examination Of Teacher Understandings Of Technology Integration At The Classroom Level, Shawn M. Carlson May 2016

An Examination Of Teacher Understandings Of Technology Integration At The Classroom Level, Shawn M. Carlson

All Theses & Dissertations

The purpose of this dissertation is to describe and understand how teachers describe the changes in their practices as a result of ten years participation in a one-to-one environment. This research study focuses on one successful middle school’s adoption of laptops to support teaching and learning. A qualitative study using interviews of key participants was undertaken with teachers and administrators. The Technological, Pedagogical and Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework was used in conjunction with Rogers’ Diffusion of Innovation framework to understand from the participants’ perspective changes to their practice. The results indicate teachers underwent changes in their use of technology ...


Educational Leadership Newsletter March 2016, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine Mar 2016

Educational Leadership Newsletter March 2016, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • From the Chair
  • Southern Maine Partnership Update
  • Leaders for Tomorrow's Schools 2016
  • Thinking About Internship?
  • Summer 2016 Schedule
  • Fall 2016 Schedule


Educational Leadership Newsletter February 2016, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine Feb 2016

Educational Leadership Newsletter February 2016, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • From the Chair
  • Southern Maine Partnership Update
  • Leaders for Tomorrow's Schools Fall 2016
  • Thinking About Internship?
  • Summer 2016 Schedule


An Investigation Into The Accessibility Of Ap Calculus, Brian Austin Dodge Jan 2016

An Investigation Into The Accessibility Of Ap Calculus, Brian Austin Dodge

Capstone Research Projects

This is a mixed methods ethnographic study conducted to determine what obstacles students face when approaching AP Calculus. I focused my study on home economics, peer pressure, ELL status and home support. Overall, I found that being a student who is ELL (hereafter defined as a student who was or currently is required to take ACCESS testing) had the most negative effect of the previously listed factors. Home economics and peer pressure were inconclusive or often had no effect. Finally, having a supportive home life in the form of parents who value education, encourage goal-setting, and set high expectations had ...


Educational Leadership Newsletter December 2015, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine Dec 2015

Educational Leadership Newsletter December 2015, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • From the Chair
  • Southern Maine Partnership Update
  • Alumni News
  • Two Cohort Programs to Begin Fall 2016
  • Thinking About Internship?
  • PhD in Public Policy with a Concentration in Educational Leadership and Policy New Cohort Starting Fall 2016
  • Spring 2016 Schedule


A Simulation To Improve The Clinical Nursing Instructor’S Teaching Of Ethics To Students In The Clinical Setting, Cynthia S. Randall Dec 2015

A Simulation To Improve The Clinical Nursing Instructor’S Teaching Of Ethics To Students In The Clinical Setting, Cynthia S. Randall

All Theses & Dissertations

Ethical knowledge and skill is crucial to the discipline of nursing and is considered foundational knowledge for nursing practice (American Nurses Association [ANA], 2008). Nurses who assume roles in clinical teaching may be clinically competent but may have limited nursing education experience or knowledge in clinical instruction. The purpose of this project was to improve the educational experience of clinical instructors in the teaching of ethics to students in the clinical setting. This DNP capstone was a quality improvement project with a mixed method design using simulation as a teaching strategy. Eight clinical instructors from a university based baccalaureate nursing ...